River rafting is journeying on the torrential river on an inflatable rubber boat. A river trip is often an adventure but not always. An amateur with a little sense of adventure can equally enjoy it. A river trip also provides opportunity for geological surveys and fishing. You are provided with whitewater life-vest to put on all the time while on the river. You are also provided with a helmet. A trained professional river guide heads the rafting team. Normally, all camping equipment and meals are provided by the river outfitter. In a country like Nepal, a river trip is one of the best ways to explore a typical cross section of the country's natural as well as ethno-cultural heritage. The river is regarded as a form of goddess and used for the purpose of various religious rituals such as cremation under both Hinduism and Buddhism. A variety of cultural activities can be witnessed being performed along the river. The adjoining slopes of the river often harbor dense vegetations and interesting wildlife. Several varieties of fishes also abound the Nepalese rivers.
River Rafting In Nepal.
Nepal's River System:
Nepalese rivers can be grouped into three categories on the basis of their origin:
1) Antecedent to Himalaya
2) After the Mahabharat, and
3) After the Churia range
River Permit Required:
A foreigner must obtain a permit before going on a river trip. A fee must be deposited at the Nepal Rastra Bank, Thapathali, Kathmandu, A copy of documents must be submitted to the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mountaineering section located at Singha Durbar. This process could be completed through your rafting agent.
Arranging a River Trip:
There are rafting agents and river outfitters who operate river trips in Nepal. These outfitters could be approached in two ways; one way is through your local agent and the other is to make a direct contact with any of the outfitters after your arrival in Kathmandu.
If you have package tour, which does not include a river trip, you can still book one after your arrival in Nepal.
The river outfitter normally provides you with an inclusive trip which includes river permit fee, all meals during the trip, all river equipment (such as inflatable rubber raft, life-vest, helmet, water proof camera container, waterproof day bag) both way transportation, all the camping equipment such as tent, sleeping bag, mattresses, and so on.
Help Clean the River and Beaches:
Growth in the number of rafters over the years has put some strain on the environment of the rivers and beaches. A little thought and action is required to conserve the river environment. The river outfitters and the rafters can play a role in the conservation by burning down such items as toilet paper, left over foods etc. Undisposable items such as tin cans, bottles, could be handed out to the local villagers who could use them for their domestic purpose. While digging a toilet pit, make sure that it is a deep enough. Please do to throw any thing in the river. If you care the river, it will be with you forever nice and clean.